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Find the Error on the T-shirt: The key is in the word ‘trust’.
Something is seriously wrong on the T-shirt. What’s the problem? Focus on the word, trust.
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Here’s the solution to this enigma.
How can you find ‘truth’ and ‘answers’ without having ‘trust’ in someone or something? After all, if it’s the truth and has answers, it’s someone or something you’d put your trust in.
I often compare this to a teacher, parent, director, sole-proprietor … anyone who is a leader and with whom you’ve worked for many, many years. And this person has made correct decisions over this extended period of time. That’s not to say they are perfect, no one is … but the direction, the results, the fruit of their, and your labor has rewarded you positively and maybe abundantly, and especially consistently over the years … wouldn’t you trust that individual?
If a problem or crisis arose, given such a person’s record in the past, and knowing that this person listens and weighs the pros and cons in the present, wouldn’t you be inclined to trust this person to make the proper move in such a situation?
Sure you would.
Especially since the person explains ‘why’ they’re making such a choice, taking into consideration the pros and cons and answering the various objections that are thrown their way.
And you’d be secure in so doing.
Answers and truth lead to trust. The more solid, positive answers you get to your questions … the more trust is established. And there comes a point where you have enough answers to so many questions that you ‘know’ you have ‘the solution.’
That’s when ultimate trust sets in.
I’m not talking here about some fast talking, glib, smooth salesman who can come up with answers to foster on gullible, naïve, credulous people. We’ve all fallen prey to such situations.
I’m talking about someone who gives … teaches … shares … thoughtful, constructive, weighed answers to all the various aspects of questions you have about numerous subjects.
Compare it to a puzzle with hundreds of pieces. Each piece is a question … one question leads to another … all the questions are interconnected. In the same way, all the answers have to be interconnected. Each answer both leaning on and supporting the answer beside it.
Here’s are two examples that continue to amaze me.
Look at the picture above. This is St Mary’s Church in Lubeck, Germany … but I could’ve chosen anyone of hundreds of buildings around the world with flying buttresses. These ‘outriggers’ that support the upper walls of buildings with arched roofs. These roofs put extra weight on the exterior walls pushing them outwards, spelling disaster. The flying buttresses counter this push by anchoring the wall to a lower edifice and ultimately or directly to the ground.
You’d go, and do go, into such buildings all the time … or when you’re visiting. And you don’t think twice that there’s a danger of collapse. You have TRUST in this type of building process and the architects that were responsible for such edifices. Especially since they’ve stood the test of time.
In fact, if you wanted to build a building like this, you’d not hesitate to call on one of these architects. Why? Because they have the answers. They’ve sought the truth and know the forces in play and the equations necessary to meet such a construction challenge.
The right side of the above image pictures the Millau Viaduct in Southern France. 2.5 km long with pylons reaching 343 metres skyward with the roadbed at 270 m. It can withstand winds of 200 km/hr that gust through the Tarn valley over the Tarn river.
This entire structure is supported by ‘cables.’ The architect is Norman Foster … whom I’d call Sir (he’s British and has been knighted by the Queen) Bridgeman. There are other incredible architects in this field like Jean Francois Klein, who designed the newest Yavuz Sultan Selim bridge which crosses the Bosphore in Instanbul.
These masterpieces of design, structure and beauty are based on fundamental and tested calculations that took years to determine and institute.
You’d cross and do cross rivers on bridges all the time. And you don’t think twice that there’s a danger of collapse. You have TRUST in this type of construction process and the architects that were responsible for such marvels.
In fact, if you wanted to elevate a bridge like this, you’d not hesitate to call on one of these architects. Why? Because they have the answers. They’ve sought the truth and know the forces in play and the equations necessary to meet such a construction challenge.
Answers, Truth and Trust
Answers and truth both build and support trust. I’d say the first two, amongst other characteristics, enhance and procure the third.
The question is: Do we limit trust to flying buttresses and bridges? What about the questions of life? What if there were real and solid answers to the enigmas of life … and death. What if we could explain the why’s and wherefore’s of emotions, thoughts, suffering and trauma? I’m not talking about ‘individual pain’, This refers to the ‘why’ of such phenomena.
To begin this process let’s, first of all, establish a list of all … or a lot of life’s enigmas….
To be continued…
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